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Former Evangel President Robert H. Spence Dies

Longtime Evangel President Robert H. Spence passed away this morning at the age of 84.
Following an incapacitating stroke on Sunday, Robert H. Spence, who had led Evangel University for 40 years prior to his retirement in 2014, passed away peacefully this morning, surrounded by family and friends. He was 84 years old.

Spence, whose service was recognized with an honorary key to the city of Springfield, Missouri, last week, served as chancellor of Evangel following his retirement. His many accomplishments, volunteer work, and service in and to the school and community were widely recognized by the Assemblies of God as well as local school, government, state, and national officials.

“The family has asked me to extend its gratitude to you for your love and support,” states Carol Taylor, president of Evangel. “Please continue to keep the Spence family, and especially Dr. Spence’s beloved wife, Anne, in your prayers.”

A public memorial service will be held on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, at Evangel in the Robert H. Spence Chapel. A visitation will be held between 1:30 and 2:45 p.m., and the service will be at 3 p.m. The memorial service will be livestreamed on the Evangel website for people who are unable to travel.

Evangel University has created a memorial page for Spence that will be updated with memorial comments. It can be found at: www.evangel.edu/DrSpence.

Those desiring to send cards to the family may mail them to Evangel University Office of the President at 1111 N. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, MO 65802, and they will be delivered to the family. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested contributions to the Robert H. Spence Evangel University Memorial Fund.

“President Spence lived his life with great integrity and dignity in service of the King of kings,” Taylor states. “His service to Evangel and Springfield cannot be overstated. I am reminded of the words of Jesus in Matthew 25, in which He says: ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’”